I have a work motto. It is: "When you need to shout, shout!"
(English title Shout out Loud!
) is a Boys Love Genre
manga by Satosumi Takaguchi.
One day a 17 year old boy shows up on seiyuu Hisae Shino
's doorstep, claiming to be his son. It turns out the reason his high-school girlfriend had left him when they were 17 was because she got pregnant and thought having a child would ruin Shino's career plans but didn't want to give up the baby, Nakaya. Sick of living with his strict grandmother
after his mother's recent death, Nakaya searched for his father and showed up at Shino's house to insist they live together and become like family.
Shino gives in but in order to provide for them he begins taking on any work he can get, no matter what it is. Amusingly these projects end up being mainly Boys Love
drama cds, as he has "the perfect uke
voice." Nakaya is shocked when he finds out and disapproves at first, but this is only the tip of the iceberg as both eventually are confronted with homosexual relationships in their own lives and then in turn each has to grapple with the possibility that his son/father is homosexual.
Ultimately a Slice of Life
family drama in which the characters deal with trying to sort out a father-son relationship that comes 17 years too late, and their own very conflicted love lives. Often funny, and by the end is pretty much Bittersweetly Heartwarming
: The Manga.
Formerly licensed in English by Tokyopop's BLU imprint.
Sakende Yaruze! provides examples of:
- Arranged Marriage: Mizusawa ends up in one by choice. Nakaya's grandmother tries to arrange one for Shino as a ploy to get Nakaya to come back to live with her. When Mizusawa discovers this he is offended on behalf of Tenryuu, his former romantic rival, because even he thinks it's unfair of Shino to consider it, and it ends up not happening.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Shino and Misao think this when they are 17, which is pure stupidity—something Misao probably realizes after she gets pregnant and leaves Shino to not ruin his future. However, Nakaya undoubtedly made both of them very happy in the end, and even if it meant he went nowhere Shino likely would have been glad to raise Nakaya with Misao, so it's played very straight in that way.
- The Beard: The other voice actors consider Mizusawa's fiancee this, especially since it's an omiai-type Arranged Marriage. Mizusawa disagrees.
- Betty and Veronica: A peculiar example, where the Betty is a disillusioned, embittered 35 year old man and the Veronica is a younger male Vamp.
- Birds of a Feather: Shino and Misao.
- But We Used a Condom: Unlike his dad, Nagaya is not really ready to be a father at 17 but luckily it turned out his girlfriend wasn't pregnant. Especially given that he later dumps her for Fuse.
- Cast Full of Gay: Not counting side-characters by the end Nagaya, Shino, Tenryuu, and Mizusawa have had relationships with both genders and Fuse identifies as gay.
- Children Raise You: Shino has never loved another person after Misao, doesn't have friends outside of work and is in many ways emotionally immature. Nakaya's coming to live with him is a growing experience for both of them
- Closet Key: Fuse for Nakaya. It starts with Nakaya disliking Fuse then later idolizing him once he discovers his hockey prowess. It ends with Nakaya blatantly chasing Fuse.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Nakaya grows up a lot over the course of the manga, paralleling Shino's Children Raise You story.
- Defictionalization: The mangaka later created Diet Girl Miyuki, one of the anime Shino voices for.
- Gay Aesop: Occuring in a very weird way in the manga. Both Shino and Nakaya are uncomfortable about their father/son pursuing a queer relationship despite that they are both doing the same thing, and Nakaya even gets Tenryuu to promise that if Shino or himself ever fall in love with a woman to immediately bow out, to which Tenryuu quickly agrees. It is fairly realistic though considering the manga began in 1996 and is set in Japan. What Nakaya and Shino are basically saying is "I just want you to be normal because it will be easier for you if you're heterosexual."
- Glorified Sperm Donor: Deconstructed. It starts this way, but their relationship ends up having many ups and downs and by the end things have panned out rather differently than first expected.
- Hot Dad: Shino, who is also rather young given he fathered Nakaya at age 17.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Misao pulls a form of this when she leaves Shino after she gets pregnant. Nakaya does the same 17 years later, deciding to move out to make way for Tenryuu.
- Fuse does this as well. He admits to having feelings for Nakaya, but thinks the latter should have some time to grow up and gain some perspective before entering into a serious relationship.
- Love Triangle: Triang Relations type 4. In spite of his determination Mizusawa is never presented as a genuine contender for Shino's feelings, while Shino does eventually accept his feelings for Tenryuu.
- Missing Mom: Nakaya's mother dies a year before the story starts, and is part of what prompted him to seek out his father.
- No Bisexuals: Averted. It shows up in-story when Mizusawa gets engaged and everyone's first reaction is "You got engaged to a man?!" despite the fact that by the laws of the time, it would obviously have to be a woman.
- Older Than They Look: Shino is 33 and gets mistaken as younger than his 17 year old son sometimes. He also has the naivete to go along with it.
- Parents as People: Nakaya invokes this trope, knowing that because they did not meet until they were 17 and 33 respectively he and Shino are more "people" than father and son and their relationship is difficult because of it.
- Parent with New Paramour: By the end of the manga this is more or less the plot. Initially Nakaya and Tenryuu get along (1), but Nakaya is also nervous about older men in general (2), when he finds out that Tenryuu wants Shino he is very averse to the idea and starts to dislike him (3). It's suggested while he gets used to Tenryuu in the end, he's never entirely happy with his father's choice in a partner.
- Second Love: Tenryuu and Shino for each other.
- Seiyuu: The better part of the cast, considering Shino is one and doesn't know many people outside of work.
- Sink or Swim Fatherhood
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Characters vary all over the place. To illustrate: Shino is extremely idealistic in spite of his lover leaving him while she was pregnant, while Tenryuu is extremely cynical after his wife divorces him and takes their child. The manga itself ends happily but falls in the middle with realism, as the bond between father and son bond does not win out in the end, but that doesn't mean it's not still important.
- Stoic Spectacles: Tenryuu
- Teen Pregnancy: Misao becomes pregnant when her and Shino are both 17. Nakaya also gets a pregnancy scare with his girlfriend at the same age, though thankfully it doesn't pan out.
- Thicker Than Water: Both what this manga is essentially about, and yet in the end it's decided it isn't. Because Shino is his father Nakaya seeks him out hoping to form a familial relationship, and they do begin to grow close, but they're often at odds with one another and how they are supposed to act around each other. In the end Nakaya decides that though he might have greater claim to Shino because of their blood relationship, it would go against his dad's happiness to force him to reject Tenryuu, so Nakaya gives up his stake and moves out.
- Those Two Guys: Nakaya's best friend and girlfriend actually become this by the end. Once he gets obsessed with Fuse he almost completly leaves them behind and when they show up it's often together and often to complain that they don't hang out anymore.
- Unwanted Harem: Shino develops one when he simultaneously becomes a Hot Dad and starts doing Boys Love cds. Tenryuu and Mizusawa are the main participants but others like Nakaya's teacher jump on the bandwagon too.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Shino and Misao.
- Will They or Won't They?: Tenryuu and Shino drag their UST out for some time. Tenryuu not wanting to waste his time beating around the bush but Shino is neither emotionally nor pyschologically prepared for another relationship, particularly not a homosexual one.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Nakaya ultimately shows a lot of wisdom when he decides to move back with his grandmother to give Shino and Tenryuu space as they develop their relationship. Though it might have been different if Shino had raised him since birth, because of their relatively new relationship he realises as much as he wants to live with his dad he doesn't want to be in the middle of that situation nor does he want to force Shino to sacrifice his own happiness either, so he leaves, knowing it doesn't have to mean that he and his dad won't be there for each other.